October 20, 1985
New Orleans, Louisiana
photo by: JESSICA GOLDFINCH
A Tapegeek Master Recording/Hitwitstuff2 Upload
TDK SA90 cassette, Aiwa CM30 Stereo Mic, Aiwa Recorder->LUXMAN K-111 HX Pro Stereo Cassette Deck->Audacity (Levels adjusted, tracks created, no EQ).
flacs created with Switch, MD5 file created with xACT.
FIRST A QUICK WORD FROM hitwitstuff2:
Its a long weird path that brings these recordings to DIME. It starts in 1997 when on a work assignment in Los Angeles I started talking with a co-worker named Scott and it turns out that hes into lots of the music stuff I’m into and hes a taper! Its almost the final days of this project and Scott appears one morning with a Paper Grocery bag filled with first gen copies from master recordings of Replacements, Husker Du, Minutemen, fIREHOSE, Meat Puppets, Butthole Surfers, Robin Hitchcock…..I got dizzy. I had only three or four days to get them all copied and that could only be done while on my ten hour turnaround between work; thats the time I should be sleeping. I went crazy dubbing with my dubber and cassette to DAT with my other set up (instead of sleeping). I didn’t get em all, but I got all that was very important to me. Fifteen years later, I uploaded one of these “Scott Paper Bag” shows to Dime and told this story. Turns out Scott is on Dime as “Sporkpie” and identified himself to me. I also met his friend who is also on Dime. He goes by Tapegeek. Those first gen copies that were in the bag were mostly copies of Tapegeek (and his friend and fellow DIME’r Peewee’s) master recordings. Tapegeek coincidently is in the same profession as myself. Small world, huh? Well, guess what. These are his recordings off of his master cassettes that we are now going to enjoy and share so lets reward Tapegeek for handing over his master, for trusting me and for his generosity. Lets get some great comments. “Thanks” are nice, Minutemen stories are always welcome, but how about taking a moment after hearing this great recording of a great Minutemen show to give your opinion. Ask a question. Cite a favorite moment you’d like tape geek to recount in more detail.
- Ken (A.K.A. hitwitstuff2, but you can call me hitwitstuff)
AND NOW A WORD FROM OUR TAPER, Tapegeek:
If you've ever heard this recording of this show before, it's because I used to trade cassettes with people all over the world, and so many dubs of this master have made the rounds - I have been waiting for a very long time for someone like hitwitstuff2 to help me out with getting these shows properly digitized and shared, and so many thanks are due to him - share your recordings folks!!!
I loved the Minutemen so much, but I think that maybe I only saw them twice, the first time at the Peppermint Lounge in NYC in 1984 (?) (didn't tape, sorry), and this is the second and last time, not very long before D. Boon's tragic death - I recorded this show in Jimmy's, a truly great club (shout out to Jimmy Anselmo!) in my hometown of New Orleans, having gotten very, very sidetracked on the way to my future in LA from my past 4 years in NYC, on a truly epic road trip with my buddy Jack in an MG Midget - my old friend Dee Slut was great friends with the Minutemen and so we got to say hi to D., Watt and Hurley before the show - I suspended the stereo mic with tape between two rails (maybe a little bit too far back?) so the bass was kinda naturally accentuated - at one point my buddy Dee comes and hollers at me into the mic, despite all of my frantic gesticulations.
I believe that another master audience recording of this show exists that I suspect is better than this one, and I look forward to it surfacing eventually!
D.BOON : guitar/vocals
MIKE WATT : thunder broom/spiel
GEORGE HURLEY : drums/the unit
note: picture of MINUTEMEN taken in front of Jimmy's at the back of their van on the night of show 10/20/1985. (Thanx to MIKE WATT for sharing the photo on his HOOTPAGE.)
photo by: JESSICA GOLDFINCH